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Plants on Sherborn Sands, Blackheath, and Other Stations SEPTEMBER 1858 - John Stuart Mill, The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume XXXI - Miscellaneous Writings 
The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume XXXI - Miscellaneous Writings, ed. John M. Robson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1989).
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Plants on Sherborn Sands, Blackheath, and Other Stations
Phytologist, n.s. II (Sept. 1858), 554-5. Appeared in the section entitled “Extracts from Correspondence,” which also serves as running title. Signed “J.S.M.,” dated “June 22nd.” Not republished. For the identification in Mill’s bibliography, see “Observations on Isatis Tinctoria and Other Plants” above.
. . . i foundElymus abundant about Sherborn Sands, which, it may be new to you to hear, are now shut up; but the key can be had for asking for, without the bore of an attendant. I have investigated the corner of Blackheath, and soon sighted Geranium pratense. Being thus satisfied that I was in the right place, I sought and found, among a profusion of Trifolium striatum and minus, three Medicagines, being lupulina, maculata, and another, prostrate, with spinous fruit and unstained leaves. This last could not be minima, as it was far from having entire stipules; but on comparing it with undoubted specimens of maculata, though I could find no difference in the fruit, I flattered myself that there was somewhat more of denticulation on the stipules, and that it might be denticulata. But alas! next day I found others exactly like, except that they had no more denticulation, and here and there a trace of stain on the leaves. On the whole, I fear this is not the denticulata of foreign botanists, or else, as you surmise, theirs does not differ from maculata. I do not think there are any other Medicagines in the locality this year.
I see in British Plants you date the discovery of L. Martagon in Headley Copse from 1840.1 If so, I can claim earlier discovery, as I have known it there from 1826. For a year or two it puzzled me grievously, as I dared not think it could be Martagon; but about 1829 I found it in flower, and, I believe, wrote to Sir W. Hooker about it; but he, as you know, repudiated it as a British plant.2 I should like to know if I was also the first to notice Impatiens fulva. I found it below the bridge at Albury, in 1822, but mistook it for Noli-me-tangere. Apropos, I searched last Monday the skirts of Weston Wood for Arundo Epigejos, but fruitlessly. I see you consider Adiantum a maritime plant;3 I suppose therefore it is so in the British Islands; but I have never known it as such, its habitats in the Alps, Italy, etc., being those of Scolopendrium,—damp walls, vaults, very shady and moist ruins, the spray of waterfalls, etc., and in no way affecting maritime localities.
[1 ]In his Illustrated Handbook of the British Plants (London: Nelson, 1858), Irvine gives Headley Copse as a station, but without a date. The reference may be to his Introduction to the Science of Botany, 5 pts. (London: Nelson, 1858), p. 297, where he vaguely says to see the Phytologist “as above”; much earlier, however, Luxford (then editor) had, in an appended note to a communication from Newman, reported the same station for Lilium Martagon in Surrey in 1826 (Phytologist, I [Sept. 1841], 62).
[2 ]Mill did not write to W.J. Hooker until 26 January, 1831, about his discovery in 1829 (EL, CW, Vol. XII, pp. 69-70). Hooker’s repudiation of Lilium Martagon as a British plant is in the 6th ed. of his British Flora; Comprising the Phaenogamous, or Flowering Plants, and the Ferns (1st ed., 1830) (London: Longman, et al., 1850), p. 444.
[3 ]Irvine, Illustrated Handbook, p. 183.